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Juventus clinch 30th league title without kicking a ball

Juventus secured the Serie A title with three games to spare on Sunday after closest challengers Roma were stunned 4-1 away to relegation favourites Catania.

Juventus supporters took to the streets at Piazza San Carlo in Turin on May 4, 2014 after their football club won the Scudetto for the 30th time . MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
Juventus supporters took to the streets at Piazza San Carlo in Turin on May 4, 2014 after their football club won the Scudetto for the 30th time . MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

Juventus secured the Serie A title with three games to spare on Sunday after closest challengers Roma were stunned 4-1 away to relegation favourites Catania.

It is the Turin giants’ 30th official title in Italy’s top flight and third in succession under coach Antonio Conte. Juventus remain on course to become the first team in Serie A to finish with at least 100 points.

After hosting Atalanta on Monday night, Juve travel to Roma next week and close out the season at home to Cagliari.

The Juventus squad had congregated at a hotel in Turin on Sunday afternoon to watch Roma’s upset on television and immediately after the final whistle the celebrations began.

Several players, among them striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, posted brief messages on Twitter: “Campioni !!!!”

“We are the champions, we are the champions,” read another from the club’s official Twitter feed alongside pictures of the players dressed in identical black T-shirts making reference to the club’s belief they have won 32 titles.

Juventus were stripped of two Serie A titles, which they won in 2005 and 2006, following their demotion to Serie B for their role in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

Roma had emerged as Juve’s only real challengers this season after setting a new Serie A record of 10 opening wins under French coach Rudi Garcia.

Roma, expected to claim a 10th successive win to match their positive start to the campaign, were 2-0 down inside 34 minutes thanks to a double from Mariano Izco. Despite Francesco Totti reducing the arrears three minutes later the visitors were humiliated in a one-sided second half.

They went 3-1 down in the 55th minute when Gonzalo Bergessio pounced on the rebound from Sebastian Leto’s shot to beat Morgan de Sanctis in the Roma net. Pablo Barrientos sealed the points and Juve’s early title celebrations when he sent an angled strike beyond the outstretched De Sanctis on 79 minutes.

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